THE DRIFTERS STAR WITH RINGO STARR, ERIC CLAPTON & GARY BROOKER
A picnic and concert by the chapel on the lake at Wintershall Estate, Surrey in aid of the HASTE (Heart and Stroke Trust Endeavour) project, at The Royal Surrey County Hospital. Musical Director GARY BROOKER and featuring ERIC CLAPTON, RINGO STARR, ROGER TAYLOR, MIKE RUTHERFORD, KATIE MELUA, PAUL YOUNG WITH PACAMINOS, PAUL JONES, PAUL CARRACK, KENNY JONES and special guests, THE DRIFTERS.
Wintershall Estate played host to a star-studded event with a line up that could challenge Geldof’s Live 8 event! In the beautiful setting of the historic Wintershall Estate, the champers flowed as the black ties were loosened and the glamorous high heels wobbled from the hospitality tents down to the massive stage, upon which we were entertained by the cream of rock music’s greatest stars.
Musical director, Gary Brooker assembled an all star group under the title “Band Du Lac” especially for the occasion… and what an occasion! Following fine sets from Paul Young, Rory Bremner, The Jones Gang (Kenney Jones) and Katie Melua, Band Du Lac took to the stage. It was a genuine treat to see and hear Gary with Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Roger Taylor, Mike Rutherford, Andy Fairweather Low, Paul Carrack and Henry Spinetti rocking out to their greatest songs. Particularly inspiring were Ringo’s warm, enthusiastic version of “Photograph”, Clapton’s classic “Cocaine” and Gary Brooker’s anthem, “A Whiter Shade Of Pale”.
Finally, a touch of genius from Gary when he invited special guests, THE DRIFTERS to join the stellar throng onstage. Dazzling us with wonderful versions of their legendary hits “Under The Boardwalk” and “Stand By Me”, THE DRIFTERS’ line up of Patrick Alan, Rohan Delano Turney, Victor Bynoe and Peter Lamarr created superb harmonies and thrilled the audience with their charisma, cool dance moves and sassy red suits, whilst Gary added his magical vocal and piano talents. The finale was a glorious affair, featuring Mike Rutherford’s Genesis tune, “I Can’t Dance” whilst The Drifters tried really hard not to dance but failed miserably! Lasers frolicked through the trees and fireworks sizzled over the lake as the artistes and audience alike took pleasure in one another’s magnificent enthusiasm.
What a fabulous evening with a surprising collection of musicans gelling perfectly under the musical guidance of Gary Brooker M.B.E.